2021 Wisconsin Criminal Justice Key Votes

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Sept. 28, 2021 WI AB 414 Prohibit Government Agencies from Holding Employee Training Sessions that Say Individuals are Responsible for Past Acts by People of the Same Race Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
Sept. 28, 2021 WI AB 411 Amends Current Anti-racism and Anti-Sexism Instructions and Training for Employees of School Districts Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
June 30, 2021 WI SB 120 Establishes Use of Force Policies for Law Enforcement Officers Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (12 - 20)
June 23, 2021 WI AB 374 Establishes Guidelines for Potential Opioid Settlement Disbursement to State Counties Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
June 22, 2021 WI SB 119 Increases State Funding for Communities that Increase Police Budget Spending Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 37)
June 22, 2021 WI SB 120 Establishes Use of Force Policies for Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
June 22, 2021 WI AB 374 Establishes Guidelines for Potential Opioid Settlement Disbursement to State Counties Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
June 16, 2021 WI AB 334 Requires Drug Tests for Law Enforcement Officers Involved in Certain Critical Incidents While on Duty Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
June 16, 2021 WI AB 334 Requires Drug Tests for Law Enforcement Officers Involved in Certain Critical Incidents While on Duty Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
June 16, 2021 WI AB 299 Prohibits Requiring Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
June 16, 2021 WI AB 299 Prohibits Requiring Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
June 9, 2021 WI AB 293 Exempts the State from Federal Firearm Laws Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
June 9, 2021 WI SB 119 Increases State Funding for Communities that Increase Police Budget Spending Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
May 11, 2021 WI SB 117 Amends Laws Related to Police Reform Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
March 23, 2021 WI SB 183 Increases Legislative Oversight Over Governor Spending of Pandemic Relief Funds Bill Passed - House (59 - 36)
March 23, 2021 WI AB 24 Prohibits Closing Places of Worship Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (61 - 33)
March 23, 2021 WI SB 183 Increases Legislative Oversight Over Governor Spending of Pandemic Relief Funds Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
March 23, 2021 WI AB 25 Prohibits Private Employers from Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (59 - 35)
March 23, 2021 WI AB 23 Prohibits Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (60 - 33)
March 16, 2021 WI SJR 20 Establishes February 2021 as Black History Month and Honors Black Legislators Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (11 - 20)
Feb. 16, 2021 WI SB 38 Establishes a Return to Work Plan for State Employees Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
Feb. 5, 2021 WI AB 1 Expands State Medicaid to Ensure Coverage of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
Jan. 28, 2021 WI SJR 3 Prohibits Extending Emergency Orders Related to COVID-19 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 42)
Jan. 28, 2021 WI AB 4 Authorizes Pharmacy Technicians and Students to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines Bill Passed - House (90 - 1)
Jan. 28, 2021 WI AB 5 Establishes Plans for Vaccine Distribution Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
Jan. 28, 2021 WI AB 5 Establishes Plans for Vaccine Distribution Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
Jan. 26, 2021 WI SJR 3 Prohibits Extending Emergency Orders Related to COVID-19 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
Jan. 12, 2021 WI AB 1 Expands State Medicaid to Ensure Coverage of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations (29 - 2)
Jan. 7, 2021 WI AB 1 Expands State Medicaid to Ensure Coverage of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (56 - 34)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/28 AB 414 Prohibit Government Agencies from Holding Employee Training Sessions that Say Individuals are Responsible for Past Acts by People of the Same Race Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
9/28 AB 411 Amends Current Anti-racism and Anti-Sexism Instructions and Training for Employees of School Districts Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
6/30 SB 120 Establishes Use of Force Policies for Law Enforcement Officers Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (12 - 20)
6/23 AB 374 Establishes Guidelines for Potential Opioid Settlement Disbursement to State Counties Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
6/22 SB 119 Increases State Funding for Communities that Increase Police Budget Spending Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 37)
6/22 SB 120 Establishes Use of Force Policies for Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
6/22 AB 374 Establishes Guidelines for Potential Opioid Settlement Disbursement to State Counties Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
6/16 AB 334 Requires Drug Tests for Law Enforcement Officers Involved in Certain Critical Incidents While on Duty Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
6/16 AB 334 Requires Drug Tests for Law Enforcement Officers Involved in Certain Critical Incidents While on Duty Bill Passed - House (58 - 38)
6/16 AB 299 Prohibits Requiring Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
6/16 AB 299 Prohibits Requiring Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
6/09 AB 293 Exempts the State from Federal Firearm Laws Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
6/09 SB 119 Increases State Funding for Communities that Increase Police Budget Spending Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
5/11 SB 117 Amends Laws Related to Police Reform Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
3/23 SB 183 Increases Legislative Oversight Over Governor Spending of Pandemic Relief Funds Bill Passed - House (59 - 36)
3/23 AB 24 Prohibits Closing Places of Worship Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (61 - 33)
3/23 SB 183 Increases Legislative Oversight Over Governor Spending of Pandemic Relief Funds Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
3/23 AB 25 Prohibits Private Employers from Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (59 - 35)
3/23 AB 23 Prohibits Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (60 - 33)
3/16 SJR 20 Establishes February 2021 as Black History Month and Honors Black Legislators Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (11 - 20)
2/16 SB 38 Establishes a Return to Work Plan for State Employees Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
2/05 AB 1 Expands State Medicaid to Ensure Coverage of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
1/28 SJR 3 Prohibits Extending Emergency Orders Related to COVID-19 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 42)
1/28 AB 4 Authorizes Pharmacy Technicians and Students to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines Bill Passed - House (90 - 1)
1/28 AB 5 Establishes Plans for Vaccine Distribution Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
1/28 AB 5 Establishes Plans for Vaccine Distribution Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
1/26 SJR 3 Prohibits Extending Emergency Orders Related to COVID-19 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
1/12 AB 1 Expands State Medicaid to Ensure Coverage of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations (29 - 2)
1/07 AB 1 Expands State Medicaid to Ensure Coverage of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (56 - 34)

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